Baptist leader urges Oklahoma Baptist University students, staff to be vigilant, renew their minds

The Rev. Fred Luter, the Southern Baptist Convention's first black president, recently spoke at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee.
BY JULIE MCGOWAN Modified: April 26, 2013 at 4:29 pm •  Published: April 27, 2013
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“All of us understand and realize, if we're honest with ourselves and we take off the masks and take off the halos, sitting right here in this chapel … are men and women, husbands and wives, sons and daughters, singles and seniors, teenagers and teachers, members and guests, pastors, preachers, professors and students whose minds have been attacked by the enemy,” Luter said. “We must have a renewed mind.”

Luter said a renewed mind should help a Christian think about Christ. He quoted Philippians 2:5-6, “Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus, Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage.” Luter said Jesus Christ humbled Himself, and everything He did was to benefit others.

A renewed mind also should help Christian believers think about every choice and decision, Luter said.

“It's all about choices,” Luter said. “Every choice you make in life leads to a consequence, and that consequence can either be a blessing or a burden.”

Julie McGowan is director of communications at Oklahoma Baptist University.

CONTRIBUTING: Religion Editor Carla Hinton

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